Airbus delivered the fourth and final Airbus A400M military transport aircraft to the Royal Malaysian Air Force on Thursday 9 March. The delivery comes exactly two years after delivery of the first A400M to Malaysia.
A Malaysian delegation formally accepted the fourth A400M at the Airbus production facility in Seville, Spain. The aircraft will soon head to Malaysia for participation in the LIMA airshow in Langkawi in Malaysia, which kicks off on 21 March.
Meanwhile, A Royal Air Force A400M this week visited Indonesia during a round the world trip. Indonesia is said to be a potential customer for the A400M.
Bombardier and newcoming airline FlyMojo announced on Tuesday 17 March that a Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed for the sale and purchase of 20 CS100 aircraft, with options for an additional 20 CS100 aircraft. The announcement was made during the LIMA 2015 airshow at Langkawi, in parallel with the Government of Malaysia’s announcement on a new airline FlyMojo.
FlyMojo is expected to become the first customer and operator of the CS100 aircraft in the region. Based on the list price, a firm order would be valued at approximately 1.47 billion USD, and could increase to 2.94 billion USS, should flymojo exercise all its options.
FlyMojo will transform Senai into a key regional aviation and logistics hub. “The announcement of a new airline in Malaysia is an exciting way to kick off LIMA 2015″, said Malaysian Deputy Minister of Transport, Aziz Kaprawi. “With FlyMojo’s primary hub at Senai International Airport, Johor and secondary hub in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the airline’s fleet of CS100 aircraft will play a key role in improving connectivity between the Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak, as well as other parts of the region.”
“FlyMojo is an ideal match for the all-new CS100 jetliner,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CSeries family of aircraft will enable new airlines such as FlyMojo to cover markets efficiently thanks to its economics, operational flexibility and widebody comfort, coupled with an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.”
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 243 CSeries airliners. It’s latest version, the CS300, first took to the skies late February.
Featured image: The Bombardier CSeries in FlyMojo livery (Image © Bombardier)
Two KT-1B Wongbees of Indonesian Air Force team Jupiter collided on Sunday 15 March during a rehearsal for the LIMA 2015 airshow at Langkawi, Malaysia. At least two pilots were seen to eject using their parachutes. The airshow organizers report ‘four pilots’ are safe and under observation in Langkawi Hospital.
The crash happened as two aircraft collided during a cross over manoeuvre. One aircraft crashed in a wooded area, while the other one came down near houses, setting fire to one. No casualties are reported on the ground.
The Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1B Wongbee is a turboprop trainer aircraft in service in South Korea, Turkey and Indonesia. Peru has also ordered the type. The Indonesian Air Force took delivery of 17 aircraft, of which was one was already lost in a crash in 2010. Team Jupiter has been flying six KT-1s since 2008.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) will form a joint team to investigate the cause of the accident.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Team Jupiter. (Image © TNI-AU / Twitter)
Bell is quietly hoping for a Malaysian and or Asian order for the newest version of its legendary Huey helicopter. At 13 March 2014, only three days before the start of the LIMA 2015 Exhibitions, the American helicopter manufacturer decided to put its UH-1Y Venom plus the civilian Bell 429 WLG on the static display in Langkawi, Malaysia, during the duration of the show from 17 to 21 March.
The UH-1Y is being promoted in an official partnership of Bell with the US Marine Corps (USMC), which the letter just having finished a bilateral exercise with the Malaysian Armed Forces. Compared to the “old” Huey the new Yankee version features upgrades such as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) extensions, newer options for targeting and precise fire and better lift.
Within the USMC the Bell UH-1Y operates often in tandem with the Bell AH-1Z Viper – the latest version of the older Cobra attack helicopter. With 85 percent of the parts of both choppers being common, Bell has provided the Marines with lower logistical costs and an easier supply chain. Malaysia is currently looking for an attack helicopter – with both the AH-1Z as well as the Turkish T-129 ATAK as a possible candidates.
Bell 429 WLG
Also at the LIMA Exhibitions’ static is the Bell 429 WLG, a light twin-engine helicopter featuring retractable wheeled landing gear, a fully integrated “glass” cockpit, advanced drive system and WAAS navigation and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. After the LIMA the Bell 429 WLG will go on a demonstration tour that will also cover Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh.
2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A US Marines UH-1Y Venom in action (Image © Bell Helicopter)